May 14, 2004 Presidential candidate extends thanks to MGH
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May 14, 2004

Presidential candidate extends thanks to MGH

When Sen. John Kerry came to the MGH March 31 to have surgery performed on his shoulder, the entire country took interest in the status of the presidential hopeful's health. After the successful surgery and his same-day discharge, the senator sent a letter to Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of the MGH, to show his gratitude for the superb care he received and his quick recovery.

Dear Peter:

Please extend my sincere thanks to every member of the MGH world-class team that participated in my recent surgery. The care that I received was truly outstanding from the moment I arrived until I departed. Every nurse and every doctor should receive a compassionate caregiver award. And I was fortunate to have Bert Zarins as my surgeon. Let me add that I recognize that the visit of a presidential candidate to a busy hospital raises many special issues. This aspect of my visit was also handled with expert sensitivity and professionalism. I hope I won't have to be a patient at the MGH again soon — but if I do, I know I will receive great care.

Many thanks.

Sincerely,

John F. Kerry


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